O’Hanlon: Don’t Blame New Iraq Violence on Obama’s Drawdown

The spate of deadly bombings in Iraq this week has prompted concerns that the fragile stability that had started to take hold in Baghdad is coming apart, and that the coming drawdown of U.S. troops in June will result in the widespread chaos and bloodshed predicted by Republican opponents of withdrawal during the presidential campaign.
But Brookings Institution fellow and Iraq expert Michael O’Hanlon, who challenged the Democratic orthodoxy during the presidential campaign by positing that the increase in American troop levels could potentially lead the United States to winning real stability in Iraq, and who in February pointed out the dangers of a rapid exit from Iraq, thinks that the blame for the violence rests more with Baghdad than with American policy.

O’Hanlon: Don’t Blame New Iraq Violence on Obama’s Drawdown